New Kia Rio Ratings

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    2004 Kia Rio - (M5) Wagon

    Pros: smooth ride .. well built

    Cons: leg room .. needed more space . cramped on long trips

    Advice: if you are normal height or shorter go for it .. a well built car .. if taller get the Optima

    I got my 2003 Rio Cinco around Christmas 2003 and really liked the car. I got the loaded version and it had almost everything .. what it lacked was leg room. I'm tall and my legs always hit the steering wheel .. This week I traded it in for a Kia Optima. over all I would tell anyone looking to save money and wanted a solid car to look at the Cinco .. lots of room in the back but not a lot of leg room for tall adults.

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    2004 Kia Rio - (M5) Wagon

    Pros: The look of the car and the cost, so resonable.

    Cons: The seatbelt mechanism that goes into my hip when I buckle the seat belt.

    Advice: BUY IT.

    I test drove a 2003 Rio and was very disappointed. Then I went to another dealership and drove the 2004 Rio Cinco and I was impressed over all. What you get with the car is astounding.

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    2004 Kia Rio - (M5) Wagon

    Pros: Size

    Cons: Suspect fuel economy

    Advice: go ahead

    I love this car. It seems that we got much more than we paid for. (very good Price). My only concern is the fuel economy. The manual states that it gets 8.6L/100km city, or around 550 km's per tank. To Date 1900km's on the car we are only getting around 375km's with about 1/8 of a tank remaining. We have not talked to the dealer about it yet as I have heard that it could take up to 6000km's to fully break in the engine. Any comments?

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    2003 Kia Rio - (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Cost

    Cons: Everything else. Piece of Junk

    Advice: Buy Japanese, Toyota, etc

    The Rio is the worst piece of junk I could have ever bought. I made the biggest mistake in my life purchasing this car. I bought this car brand new. The first weekend after the purchase it rained. My car had a flood of water inside. Turns out there was a huge hole under the dash which was only found and mended the fourth visit to Kia. They tried to fix the problem with new carpets. But the mold had already seeped everywhere. They ulitmately put this nasty deodorizer in the car, which was a disgusting orange. This never went away. We got to a crossroads where they could do no more to rid the moldy smell and they had a rep come see the car. The rep had the audacity to tell me the nasty orange/moldy smell in my car was not unusual and he could not help me out. I got a call from there customer service team who argued with me over the phone of whether there could be mold in the car. She claimed that Kia had magical fabric on the roof and the benches which could not be havens for mold. Meanwhile they devalued my car considerably with a nasty smell. The customer service team of Kia is worthless and defensive. My dad begged me to buy a Toyota, and I wish I did. I implore anyone who reads this NOT to buy Kia. It is a bucket of bolts on wheels that is worth nothing.

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    2004 Kia Rio - (M5) Wagon

    Pros: styling, grace, PRICE, entrance&exiting, EXTREME HEADROOM

    Cons: REALLY small space behind the back seat for cargo when hauling people

    Advice: take the dealer invioce price and work from there, don't start at the price they tell you

    it picked up speed like none other, though it did make some odd noises. handles very well. it didn't have cruise but that can be adder on later, dealer installed. along with fog lamps, something needed for my driving. i enjoyed the vehicle and plan to go make it my final purchase within the week.

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    2004 Kia Rio - (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Selling it a year and a half later with only 15,000 miles and getting $2,500.

    Cons: The strange noises it made all the time.

    Advice: Life is short, so don't waist your time.

    I purchased this car for a cheap car to get back and forth from work, but it spent about a total of three months in the shop over a year and a half. Every day it seemed to get loader and the wind noise drove me slowy insaine. If you care little about your time and even less about comfort I have found the car for you.

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    2003 Kia Rio - (M5) Wagon

    Pros: styling

    Cons: too much standard equiptment raised the price too high

    Advice: stay away from the ugly brown colored interior

    drove well and corners like a sports car; I can get on the freeway at a much higher speed going around the cloverleaf on-ramp than I can with some of my old muscle cars.